Nova Scotian Peter Allen is one of Canada’s most respected and talented
musicians. He is known nationally as a concert pianist, composer,
conductor and teacher.
As a concert pianist, he has been heard for years on CBC regional and
national radio performing solo works, concertos with orchestra, and chamber music. He continues to stay busy performing many concerts, as well as participating regularly with Scotia Festival, The New Brunswick Summer Festival, the Kincardine Music Festival, Musique Royale and as
soloist with numerous orchestras centered here in the Maritimes. He has
recorded two solo cd’s as well as numerous duo recordings with flautist
As a composer, Peter has fulfilled many commissions. He has
written orchestral music: Mar Atlantico; Variations on the
Halifax Explosion; a Suite for Clarinet and Orchestra; and the
much heralded CBC/SNS commissioned Hurricane Juan Piano Concerto.
His much chamber music includes 2 String Quartets; Scherzo for 4
celli; Elegy for violin and piano; and other string pieces. Music
for piano includes Haligonian Rhapsody for 2 pianos; Vaudeville
for piano 6 hands; 90 Bagatelles and many other solo pieces. His
wind music includes Black and Blues for Clarinet and piano; and 2
pieces for flute and piano, most recently a suite called Scenes
from Nova Scotia. Other works include music for band and choir.
His most recent work, Lamentation was premiered in France in
April of 2016, a work for clarinet quintet, which was later
repeated in an entire concert devoted to his works on the Cecilia
Concert Series in Halifax in February, 2017.
This season has been another busy year for Peter. Some
highlights include: more composition; numerous concerts,
including five performances of Bach’s Goldberg Variations; also,
a concert in Kitchener with Patricia Creighton and duo
performances in Halifax, St. John, Toronto and Edmonton and of
course, Yellowknife, with violinist, Robert Uchida, performing the
complete Brahms Sonatas. He also conducted 2 performances of his Variations on the Halifax Explosion for the city’s 100th anniversary of that event.
Peter is currently Associate Professor of Music at Dalhousie
University’s Fountain School of Performing Arts. He teaches
piano, and conducts the Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra.